Blog Book Tour | “Claiming My Place: Coming of Age in the Shadow of the Holocaust” by Planaria Price with Helen Reichmann West

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Acquired Book By: I am a regular tour hostess for blog tours via Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours whereupon I am thankful to have been able to host such a diverse breadth of stories, authors and wonderful guest features since I became a hostess! I received a complimentary copy of “Claiming My Place” direct from the author Planaria Price in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

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On why this story appealled to me:

When I was contacted about being on this blog tour, I must admit, I nearly declined it. Not because I wasn’t interested in the story – the reason stems from my childhood. As a young girl – an impressionable reader and a person with a sensitive heart, I was never able to read The Diary of Anne Frank – despite the nudges from my Mum and my grandparents; there was something preventing me from reading the book. I know I recognised a lot of myself in Anne – I was even her age when I re-attempted to read her words but there was an emotional reasoning in my head and heart; knowing if I walked into her world, I might have difficulty walking out knowing how she died. I had a lot of issues with death as a child and this in part could have played a role in not wanting to re-live Anne’s life as a young girl. The distance between her life and mine felt smaller somehow – when your the age of someone whose died tragically – somehow time, distance and proportional understanding of their life draws closer to your heart.

I also was frustrated by how my school teachers were avoiding talking about the war eras though they had no difficulty in speaking about the Civil War. Comparatively, I felt it was more relevant to everyone who grew up in the GenX generation to focus more on 20th Century History – from the war era straight into the heart of Civil Rights and the 1970s; than it would have been to dredge up history where both sides still were aggrieved about what happened. The relevancy of the 20th Century still had an important role in understanding our present and our future; at least, this was what I tried to reason in my arguments about a lack of proportional education for an engaged student losing interest in an education system which befitted no one due to how much was lost from being learnt.

As I researched the story itself – there is one particular reason why I said ‘yes’ to reading this story and why I knew I could handle the story I’d find within it. It has a happier ending than Anne Frank – hers is an uplifting story of a different nature; this one seeks to go into how someone survived but also found happiness after the war. I think for me, I needed this ‘extra chapter’ on a story which seeks to re-explain what was happening during Anne Frank’s living years whilst giving us an ending that is easier to swallow and accept.

There is a reason why I’ve altered the kind of war dramas I seek out to read – I used to read all sorts of them; including the guttingly convicting narratives which gave me nightmares. Why? I haven’t the foggiest clue. Something was directing me towards them and although I don’t regret reading them per se – I had to take a full step back from reading half of the war dramas I was naturally curious about reading. The one which crushed my soul and clued me into needing to make this change in selection was Citadel. I was within my first year of book blogging and although this novel opened my eyes to quite a heap of unknown history within the era in question, it also drew to my mind there are levels of reality I need to avoid finding in fiction.

Having said that – what inspired me to read Claiming My Place is knowing why Mum originally wanted me to read Anne Frank’s story. I knew why she wanted me to read it was simply a matter of a girl recognising she couldn’t read her story. I have regretted that personal choice over the years and as I’m inching towards turning thirtyten, it is nice to finally resolve this with being able to handle reading a different story which seeks to highlight the same truths within a classic I had to appreciate from afar.

In the same vein of interest, I did go to the theater to see Life is Beautiful and Saving Private Ryan; the latter not only gutted me emotionally but left me shell-shocked; in effect, it was too much to process. The former was my preferred experience of the two – guttingly realistic, emotionally powerful and at the root of the story is what truly was hard to reconcile about the second world war. It ends with a ray of hopefulness with the sombering tragedy of loss intermixed with your emotional reaction of having felt as if you had personally lived through the story. Notwithstanding the fact by the end of the film I no longer remembered it wasn’t in my native language. When other film goers complained about reading the subtitles – I still remember walking out going “What subtitles?” I was dearly invested in that film and I credit this to how Roberto Benigni wrote the story and brought his character to life in such a way as to transcend time, language and the human spirit.

Reading Claiming My Place is a daughter’s way of reconnecting to her mother’s memory of Anne Frank and of resolving not being able to read one of the most popular books for young readers.

I am grateful for this story, especially as the war eras have held a captivating impression on me since I was a young girl. I grew into a reader of war dramas & historical narratives set at the battlefields & on the home fronts; from one continent to the other – seeking the living truths of those who lived through the era and of the humbling ways in which History merits becoming known in each new generation past these marked fixtures in time which ought never become repeated.

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Blog Book Tour | “Claiming My Place: Coming of Age in the Shadow of the Holocaust” by Planaria Price with Helen Reichmann WestClaiming My Place
by Planaria Price
Source: Author via Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours
Narrator: Ilyana Kadushin

A Junior Library Guild selection

Claiming My Place is the true story of a young Jewish woman who survived the Holocaust by escaping to Nazi Germany and hiding in plain sight.

Meet Gucia Gomolinska: smart, determined, independent, and steadfast in the face of injustice. A Jew growing up in predominantly Catholic Poland during the 1920s and ’30s, Gucia studies hard, makes friends, falls in love, and dreams of a bright future. Her world is turned upside down when Nazis invade Poland and establish the first Jewish ghetto of World War II in her town of Piotrkow Trybunalski. As the war escalates, Gucia and her family, friends, and neighbors suffer starvation, disease, and worse. She knows her blond hair and fair skin give her an advantage, and eventually she faces a harrowing choice: risk either the uncertain horrors of deportation to a concentration camp, or certain death if she is caught resisting. She decides to hide her identity as a Jew and adopts the gentile name Danuta Barbara Tanska. Barbara, nicknamed Basia, leaves behind everything and everyone she has ever known in order to claim a new life for herself.

Writing in the first person, author Planaria Price brings the immediacy of Barbara’s voice to this true account of a young woman whose unlikely survival hinges upon the same determination and defiant spirit already evident in the six-year-old girl we meet as this story begins. The final portion of this narrative, written by Barbara’s daughter, Helen Reichmann West, completes Barbara’s journey from her immigration to America until her natural, timely death. Includes maps and photographs.

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ISBN: 9780374305291

ASIN: B07BHQCW1B

Genres: Biographical Fiction, Biography / Autobiography, Feminist Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction, Inspirational Fiction & Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction, Women's Fiction


Published by Farrar Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers

on 13th March, 2018

Format: Audiobook | Digital, Hardcover Edition

Pages: 278

Length: 9 hours and 19 minutes (unabridged)

Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers (@fsgbooks)
an imprint of Macmillan Publishing

Converse via: #WarDrama + #HistFic or #HistNov

Available Formats: Hardback, Ebook and Audiobook

About Planaria Price

Planaria Price

After graduating from Berkeley and earning a Master’s Degree in English Literature from UCLA, Planaria Price began her career teaching English to adult immigrants in Los Angeles. She has written several textbooks for University of Michigan Press and has lectured at over 75 conferences. In addition to her passion for teaching and writing, Planaria has worked with her husband to save and restore over 30 Victorian and Craftsman homes in her historic Los Angeles neighborhood. Claiming My Place is her first book for young adults.

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about how the story was written:

I truly appreciated knowing the back-history of how the story was written. The Preface truly goes into a humbling beginning – of how two women met and how the story was broached as a way of sharing living history. It was a unique situation where the writer endevoured to tell the story of the story-teller’s mother and by doing so, enable a new generation to hear the truths of an era a lot of us have had difficulty in resolving due to the horrors of how war can affect humanity.

This story is truly immersively unique in how the person who lived through the Holocaust was alive and able to give recounted memories to the author. The conversations they must’ve shared – I would imagine it was then a bit easier but also, more daunting to begin writing the story which evolved into Claiming My Place. To not only honour the legacy of her life but to hone in on her journey and to write an emotionally convictive narrative which highlights one of the worst eras in modern history.

my review of claiming my place:

I felt immediately connected to Basia – she’s travelling into her new life, auspiciously aware of what stands between her and her soon-to-be freedom. She is anxious, nervous and appreciative of this chance she’s being given – yet there is a part of her which feels she is not ready enough, not prepared to handle the changes coming so quickly into her life and at one numbing moment felt she had lost the one item needed into order to change her status from being Jewish for Polish. Your heart clutches with Basia – anyone whose travelled outside their country, where papers are important to both enter and exit; to identify yourself and to prove your identity – it is a moment you can relate to personally. The innate fear of uncertainty and of the calming of rattled nerves which comes when you realise ‘all is well’.

It did not surprise me we were about to embark ‘backwards’ into her childhood before we could know Basia in the future. For each well-told story moves us through the journey where their past is lived first and their present and future can be dimensionally better understood for having taken that journey with them as they lived on through the historical events everyone years, generations and centuries later would still be discussing long after the event which altered so many lives.

When Basia is young – she is in full curiosity of her world – not yet illuminated to her as she hasn’t yet learnt to read, a hindrance to a naturally curious young girl who desires to understand more than the adults in her life were willing to teach such an inquisitive mind. This is why she was earnestly hopeful by attending school – even as a first grader, she could find acceptance of her questions and find the answers she was seeking to learn. The experience was new – how she wanted to dress and appear to her classmates whilst she was concerned about what she might learn or how school might become to experience once her nerves of hopeful eagerness settled. She was thinking over all the first day jitters which overcome all children – especially worrying about personal achievement potential and how your presence will be accepted.

Young Basia has an internal fire inside her heart – she proves she understands self-advocacy at a very young age. First exhibited when she was unable to be fully admitted to school until such a day arose where she proved the point of being accepted into a class which was already too full. Her grit and determination is admirable because it proves that sometimes even when the obstacles are in our path it doesn’t mean we can’t sort out a way through what is effectively blockading us from succeeding at whichever goal we are attempting to achieve. Her bravery and her courage to stand in the firm belief she had the right to be at school, not just to learn but to begin this new chapter in her life is a moment of celebration. She found her voice and her perseverance at a younger age than most; though knowing what was awaiting her during the forthcoming war – it felt this was a turning point in her life; of how she was self-preparing herself for the courage she would need lateron.

We become enveloped in her young life – from the foods to the ways in which she was observing her family life. Price takes you back inside this young girl’s memories – how their lives were evolving through the milestones of her childhood. This gave us a strong impression of how her life would soon become altered by the war but here, in her earlier years, she was impressionable by what she was experiencing. Including what she was seeing of the changes within her mother – a woman who was reacting out of character and allowing the tides of her life to change how she could resolve those moments which taxed her conscience. Basia saw everything happening to her mother and she was growing more keen on connecting the dots between the pregnancies of her siblings and the ways in which her mother was losing stamina for keeping up with the duties of being a wife and mother.

One of the humbling aspects of her younger life is how she was sensitive to her mother’s moods and the conditions of her mother’s health – especially during her pregnancies. She also had a lot of empathy for the differences between the Jews and the Gentiles in her city. She could see the differences between the two faiths but what saddened her the most is how some would argue those differences out loud – or attempt to serve a wedge between both sides, where no one would feel comfortable. She was also being raised in a family where there was a division of expectations about how to maintain faith and spirituality in your everyday life. She had a very strong mother – one who wanted to raise her children properly and with the right influences of how to develop their minds, their hearts and their spirits. She wanted the best for her children and as you observe Basia’s younger years, you can see how she took raising her children as a blessing all mothers should embrace despite the adversities which arise.

There is a powerful chapter about Zionism which explains what shaped Basia’s spirituality and religious beliefs – how as a young child she learnt of a tradition of ensuring Jewish families were not harming other children (something I had not heard of previously) whilst this tradition was horrific both in what it represented and what it held in prejudice of another person’s cultural and religious identity – Price allows Basia to fully present herself to readers. To understand her beliefs but also to feel the fears she had about certain traditions and observations which made her young heart question the world.

Even though we know what happened – seeing it through Basia’s memories brings it back to life – how quickly the tides turnt and how fast life started to change for the Jews. She brought you back to this moment as she was hearing the newsfeeds coming over the radio – how with each new burst of news coming from Germany the more terror, fear and concern everyone in Poland was feeling for their own futures. They truly had no time to prepare – they were trying to live their lives but at the same time, the ways in which they could live was altering in front of them without mercy.

You can feel their fear – as anyone could – the news is never delivered in a way that prepares you to accept the disclosures of what is being said. You simply have to hope you have the strength to handle what is being shared but then, who ever is ready for such horrible news? Especially when it is attacking a certain group of people out of hatred and prejudice? There is a lot of nonacceptance even today – where intolerance rules and where people are still being persecuted. You can cross-relate Basia’s story to any person’s story today.

The story turns into a journalling of the occupation of the German soldiers in Poland – due to how the layout is written, you feel even more intimately aware of how these soldiers terrorized the Jews and how they overturnt their lives. It is difficult to read those passages and realise the reality of what was going to happen afterwards. It was too late to leave the country and the tension of worriment affecting Basia and her family is emotionally felt, seen and beautifully written. Price truly tapped into her thoughts here – giving such a strong impression of how Basia’s family was trying to survive the impossible and not give into the fear of having their city occupied. The horrors of the war are also mentioned as not every family was blessed to stay together as long as Basia’s. There is a hopelessness to this section – of wondering how long they would have until they were found and what would become of them afterwards. And, yet… life had to continue, food had to be bought, meals cooked and the prayers running fast and deep.

It is from here where the horrors of the war are starting to become real and tangible; as the recollections draw tightly around Basia’s experiences and the experiences of her loved ones or neighbours. She talks openly about the Germans who occupied Poland – how they rounded up the Jews and what became of everyone during and after the war. For her, the war was one restless night of running, hiding and of attempting to stay ahead of the Germans. The one saving grace which saved her is how she appeared to the outside world – she could pass for being non-Jewish and it was what ultimately gave her freedom.

Similar to Anne Frank’s family, hers did not fare well during the war. Only a handful of her family survived and I felt in many regards, the truer blessing is her mother had passed before the worst of the events during the war began. It would have been too much for her mother – as it was for everyone who had to bottle down their own fears and continue to walk forward. The trains are explained as well – as all of us who know of what happened to the Jews will recognise what those trains represented and of where those trains were heading after they took their passengers.

The jarring realities of Basia’s life during and after the war is a testament of her will to survive. She had to stay several steps ahead of everyone else – even when she tried to reach out and help others survive, she found her strength was stronger than most. She refused to give up and she found a path towards her future only she could bring into her life. She’s an incredible woman who survived, lived and had a full life after the war as a wife and mother. She even came to the United States where she reflectively mentions she could finally ‘breathe’ if for the first time since the had begun. I could understand her sentiment – I felt like I could breathe once I reached the conclusion of her story. I know this story will be the last I read of a biographical account – as it was my way of amending my childhood concerns in reading about Anne Frank. In some ways, I am not sure I was fully read to read Basia’s journey inasmuch as Anne’s but I have appreciated Anne’s courage for so long it was fitting to embrace Basia’s journey as an adult.

What stays with you throughout the story is how Basia lived life on her terms, defied the odds stacked against her and came out the other end able to embrace her new life. Her story is full of everyday courage and of triumph; of heartache and of loss; but mostly, of unwavering faith and the belief of living true to who you are whilst rising to face your adversities head-on.

Note on Content:

After I began reading this story, I wanted to do a bit of research as I was reading it – as part of me felt this was a novel (due to how it was told) and the other half of me recognised this was a work of Non-Fiction due to how it was arranged. However, I became aware of certain scenes I knew I might need to either skip over or skip through – as I do have a sensitive heart when it comes to reading. Thereby, when I learnt there were certain scenes (such as what happened apparently to an animal) inclusive to the context of the story, I definitely did skip through some of the portions of the story, as I’ve had issues in the past when I’ve read certain scenes of this nature.

There is one scene in particular I did read – about what happened to the infants and their mothers; it is chilling, shocking and absolutely horrid. I realised then, not reading all the details of what was happening was a better course of action as there were portions of this story which were just too shocking and too uncomfortable to be read. The scene bothered me and it reflects how unkind History is due to what happens when humanity is lost.

I will say, the way the story begins it allows you to live life beside Basia – understanding her personal journey and the life as she knew it from a child’s perspective which is a big key in understanding her as an adult.

on the writing styling of Planaria price:

One of the benefits of how Ms Price approached writing this story is how she etched out the reality of Basia’s life – from childhood to adulthood. She drew our eyes close to her personal journey – giving us a full sensory journey, where we can taste, see and smell her world. It is a very intra-personal journey through one woman’s past through war and before it; how she lived and how she was able to survive.

It is through this Biographical approach to writing Basia’s life’s histories we are able to understand who the girl was before she was a young woman and how the foundation of her life is what truly enabled her to survive the worst chapter of human history of the past century. The details are drawn out in such a way as to illuminate what was most important to young Basia – the trials of going to school, the curious ways in which her mother had difficulty overcoming obstacles in her marriage and how she unfortunately lost her hearing due to a childhood mistake of placing a bean in her ear. All of this knitted together an impression of Basia – from youth to adulthood, giving us a firm entry into her back-story but also, a resolute awareness of the strength she had within her to overcome anything which crossed her path.

There are inclusions in the book which I especially enjoyed – the photographs in the middle were lovely because they give you a good impression through photography how different life was back in the 30s and 40s; of how lives could move from living their ordinary hours to how arduous it was to come ‘back’ from beyond in war to realising only a handful of people you formally knew previously had survived along with you. It is numbing as much as it is uplifting – the photographs paint part of the story but it is the words within the story which hold the most weight. It is mostly due to the tone of the narrative itself – how we are moving backwards in time in step with the innocence of youth before colliding with History itself. It gives a stronger impression of how quickly everything changed and how unforgiving life can become when circumstances grow out of control.

Each quotation with the chapter headings I felt was foretelling another part of the story-line – the quotations were dearly connecting to the context of the story in such a way as to give you more food for thought as you entered each new chapter. I love when stories have quotations which seek to compel you to start to form you thoughts along the guidelines these are providing.

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Acquired Digital Audiobook by: I have a subscription to Scribd for audiobooks which is wonderful as it is helping me augment my reading habits from 100% print to about a 70/40 spilt where audiobooks will eventually be higher in devourment than print copies. This is part of my personal path to help offset my chronic migraines which I’ve been working towards for the past two years. I knew this was a debut author and when I saw the audiobook available via Scribd I was excited to hear how it was produced whilst being able to coordinate when to listen to it in time for my tour stop where I would be featuring my ruminations on behalf of the story.

I was not obligated to post my opinions about the audiobook, as I am adding these notes about the performance and sound of the audiobook for my own edification as I personally love listening to them! I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

specifically in regards to the audiobook:

As I am relatively new to reviewing audiobooks and listening to them with a greater frequency than of the past, I am appreciative of Ms Jess providing a cursory outline of how best to articulate my listening hours on behalf of this audiobook and the others I shall be blogging about or reviewing in future. I’ve modified the suggestions to what I felt were pertinent to respond too on my own behalf as well as keeping to the questions I felt were relevant to share.

Number of Times I’ve heard the Narrator(s):

I believe this is the first time I’ve heard the narration styling of Ilyana Kadushin.

Regards to the Narrator’s Individual Character performances:

Basia | Gucia: Incredibly layered – when we are in the childhood years of Basia, when she was known as Gucia we feel as if we’ve hugged close to her experience. Her memories are so strong and visually convicting, you can see what she experienced as if we were there ourselves. Her voice during these years is innocent yet with a wavering feel of an old souls sensibility.

Secondary Characters:

Krysia: The maid who was integral to her younger life – was given a higher pitched voice with the softness of concern for her young charge (Guica).

Although there are a lot of characters moving in and out of the story-line, the story itself is spoken narrative meaning rather than focusing on individual voices – the narrator is telling the story from the perspective of Basia. Giving her voice the main vehicle of understanding how her life was lived before the war, during the war and afterwards.

How the story sounded to me as it was being Read:

(theatrical or narrative)

In the Preface, what I enjoyed most about Ilyana Kadushin’s approach of narrating this book is how she made it inter-personal – the disclosures of how the book was developed and thus, thereby writ – as it was a meeting of the minds, a writer willing to tackle a difficult narrative and the joys of knowing the person of whom inspired the story was still alive – able to add breadth to the tale but also, a keen insight into how this story was first lived through recollective memories. I especially appreciated how her voice sounded not just approachable but comfortable within the subject being discussed. She has a soft linting in her voice – she draws you into hearing the words because she is speaking conversationally but also with an authority of the topic.

As we move into the context of the story – we find this is a spoken narrative focused on bringing Basia’s voice to life in order to see everyone and everything inside her world. Her voice begins with an innocence and a willingness to learn – how she tucks you close to what she is observing in childhood and the thoughts which were occupying her mind during those years.

This is a unique narration as you truly feel close to Basia – your drawn to her life, first by how it was written down by Price and secondly by how it was voiced by Kadushin.

How was the sound quality? Any special effects? or other notations?

I truly benefited from hearing this story being narrated – there was an authenticity to the story added into the effect of reading the story hearing this told from a narrator who had an accent which befitted the character(s). I loved the instincts of voice and dictation Ms Kadushin gave this story – she truly takes you back in time, folding yourself close to Basia’s journey and allowing you to see her childhood and the rest of her life fill your imagination.

Preference after listening to re-Listen or pick up the book in Print?

Blessedly, as I had this book on hand for review purposes, I had the joy of being able to listen to the story whilst I had a copy in print. Something I love to do – as it adds dimension to the stories – in this case, it helped me better understand the Polish and Jewish words; especially in regards to pronunciations.

In closing, would I seek out another Ilyana Kadushin audiobook?

Most definitely, as I was most appreciative of how she tackled this Biographical Historical Fiction! She truly enabled you to understand Basia from a personal perspective and how her life was fraught with drama and obstacles she would have to learn to overcome. It feels much more like an autobiography in this regard – of how Basia herself felt so real and so humbly aware as to be speaking her own story.

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